Just a reminder….on Thursday, May 7th, from 4-4:45pm, the 7th-9th grade book club will be meeting to discuss Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
Copies of the book will be available in advance at the Peace Dale Library. Snacks will be served, no registration is required. New members always welcome.
Next meeting: June 4th, 4-4:45 p.m.
Book: Everlost by Neal Shusterman
The Comet’s Curse by Dom Testa
Two hundred fifty one souls. None of whom is over sixteen years old. They are mankind’s final hope for survival.
The very existence of all mankind is at stake after the tail of the comet Bhaktul contaminates Earth’s atmosphere, infecting everyone over the age of eighteen. When he and his colleagues are unable to develop a cure, renowned scientist Dr. Zimmer proposes a radical plan: select and 251 of the world’s brightest, strongest and bravest teens and train them to undertake the dangerous mission of traveling through space to Eon, a new earth.
Although his plan is met with much resistance, Dr. Zimmer, along with his associates Dr. Bauer and Dr. Armstead, begin the creation of Galahad, a ship that will support the selected teens for during their five year journey. Everyone aboard will be led by The Council, Captain Triana Martell, and Roc, their detailed and life-like systems computer.
All appears to go according to Dr. Zimmer’s plan, when shortly after takeoff, a crew member must dragged to the Sick House, frantically screaming that he has spotted a stowaway. At first the Council assumes that Peter is space sick and simply imagining things, a sickness that is common after the initial takeoff. However, when crops are vandalized and the words, “This is a death ship” are scrawled across a wall, Triana knows that this wasn’t just a hallucination, and the entire mission may be at stake.
This was a great start to a new science fiction series, one that deals more with the human aspect of the mission rather than the futuristic details of the teen’s world. I look forward to reading more of Testa’s Galahad series.
Here are the answers for the April Teen Trivia Contest, It’s Good To Be Green. Congratulations to Ellie, she got the most answers right!
Be sure to check out May’s Contest, Superhero Trivia!
1. Garbage stays in a landfill for about:
2. If you saved up all the unwanted junk mail for one year, how many trees would the United States save during that time?
3. If just 25% of U.S. families used 10 fewer plastic bags a month, how many bags would we save in a year?
4. Energy saved from one recycled aluminum can will operate a T.V. set for how many hours?
5. How many species of plants and animals become extinct everyday as their habitat is destroyed by human influences?
6. How many square miles of rainforests are being destroyed each year?
63,000 square miles
7. Every year approximately how many tons of carbon accumulate in the air?
8. On average, how many aluminum cans are used each year?
The Diary of Pelly D by L.J. Adlington
Toni V knows that he should turn it over, that’s what the Rules and Regulations state. He doesn’t even want to think about the trouble he could get in for taking something from the Demo Site. But his curiosity gets the better of him, and he smuggles it back to his room in the block and hiding it under his pillow where no one else can see it. Reading snippets when no one else is looking.
The Diary of Pelly D
At first, Toni V thinks Pelly D seems a bit shallow and petty (but, he decides, most likely gorgeous). She’s more concerned with her popularity, dating the hot new guy and hanging out at the new Waterworld Park than with anything else going on in City Five.
Soon though, her diary entries begin to allude to a growing unrest between the cities. People are becoming obsessed with which gene pool others belong to, after all, everyone knows the Atsumisi have the all important epigene and Galrezi don’t.
Pelly D’s world takes a drastic turn when the Atsumisi government in City One pass a law declaring everyone must be tested and gene identifying hand stamps become mandatory. As Toni V reads more, he begins to connects events of the past with the current post-war state of City Five.
Adlington has created a post apocalyptic story of a futuristic Holocaust, intentionally reminiscent of events in World War 2. She causes the reader to wonder if mankind ever really changes, or if they are doomed to repeat the same mistakes, regardless of time and place.